Friday, February 18, 2011

Newsletter Term 1 Week 3 - Friday 18 February 2011

Value Focus for next two Weeks: Initiative / Perseverance

From The Principal

Kia ora tatou katoa, Talofa, Malo e lelei, Bula vi naka, Kia orana Nga mihi nui ki a koutou, Namaste, Nihao, He mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa! Greetings to you all.

We are at the end of Week 3 already. The children and staff have been working hard in spite of the incredible heat we have been experiencing lately.

Thank you to all of you who attended the Parent Orientation Evenings on Wednesday and Thursday. It was wonderful to see so many parents who came to meet the teachers. We are fortunate to have such a group of highly skilled and enthusiastic teachers who are committed to providing the best possible opportunities for your children to experience. We “empower all our learners to achieve their personal best”.

Welcome to Mr Ben Coaton, who will be teaching in Room 20, Year 6. Thank you to Mrs Monica Meikle for stepping in to start the year.

At this time of the year the teachers are focussing on establishing expectations of behaviour and learning in their rooms and within the playground. We encourage children to understand and abide by Elm Park School Values: Caring, Independence, Perseverance, Respect, Tolerance, Co-operation with others, Honesty, Initiative, Quality, Responsibility, Trust and Worth of the Individual. Each week there is a focus on a value.

The New Curriculum also aims to help children to live, learn, work and contribute as active members of their community. The key competencies that develop over time and are shaped by interaction with people, places and ideas are managing self, relating to others, participating and contribution, thinking and using language, symbols and texts. Our staff will be focussing on these capabilities as part of their programme.

We have had a large number of new enrolments and it is really pleasing to see how these children have settled in so quickly to our school. They all look very smart in their new uniforms. Thank you to those parents who have purchased the correct uniform especially hats and black shoes. Please make sure that you name all the clothing clearly as it is very difficult to find when it is unnamed. Please encourage your children to look for their lost possessions in the lost property boxes as soon as possible as they are full already.

Some of our Enviro children have been involved in the Farm Cove Beach clean-up this week. It is wonderful to see our children caring for the environment so well. Cricket and Swimming are also underway.

We are looking forward to seeing you all at the Food and Family evening today at 5.00 pm. Join us with your picnic food. The staff will be here and there will be sports equipment and the pool to enjoy.

Have a great weekend

Trish Plowright


Key Events For Your Diary

Fri 18 Feb....... ....... Food and Family Evening

Wed 23 Feb....... PTA Meeting 7pm

Thur 3 Mar....... BOT Meeting

Wed 9 Mar....... Headstart Begins

Fri 11 Mar....... Principal’s Afternoon Tea

Thur 7 April....... BOT Meeting

Fri 15 April…….. ....... Term ends

Looking Ahead

Food and Family Evening – This Friday 18th February 5.00 pm - A reminder that this Friday is our Food and Family evening!!! Bring your dinner / picnic / takeaways (the BBQ will be available for you to use). The sports equipment will be available and the pool will be open (parents are to supervise their own children). All children MUST be accompanied by an adult. Come along and have fun with your children and their teachers! Hope to see you there!

PARKING OFFICERS – We have been advised by the Council that Parking Officers will no longer be asking parents to move vehicles from illegal parking areas which include broken yellow lines, vehicle entrances, foot paths, bus stops etc, but will instead be issuing infringement notices in respect of the offence and will then be posting out tickets to the registered owner of the vehicle.

WORM TEA – What is Worm Tea? Well Worm Tea is worm pee (vermin liquid), we say YUCK, but the plants say YUM we love you. How do we get Worm Tea? Worm Tea comes from our worm farm we (Elm Park school) put our food scraps in the worm bin and then all the food scraps go in to the worm farm. The worms eat the food and then they pee it out, YUCK, well then we put it into milk bottles and it gets sold. How does Worm Tea work? What you do? Put 1 part Worm Tea and add 10 parts water. Pour that on your plants and the plants will grow nice and strong like a big tree. Order at the front office or buy at the school gate. P.S. We have enough empty milk bottles at the moment thank you.

This Week in Review

DOLLS CLOTHES - Has anyone some dolls clothes that they no longer need and would like to donate to the counselling/play room? Larger sizes would be good....

Please drop off at the office. Many thanks...Lyall Christie

KAPA HAKA - If any parents are interested in coming into to school to help with Kapa Haka please come and see Mrs Koroa in Room 1. At the moment we are practising on a Wednesday at lunchtime from 1.15-1.50.

PACIFICA - Any parents interested in tutoring a small dance group in any of the Pacific Languages please come and see Mrs Koroa in Room 1 to discuss.

BANK TELLERS - Our new bank tellers for 2011 are Mike Cui, Sydney Munro, Ailie McNaughton and Akshay Mor. On Tuesday 8th February they travelled to The Pakuranga National Bank to be fully trained so that they can serve the school as bank tellers. National Bank School banking will operate out of the school library each Wednesday morning from 8:20 until 8:45 am. We welcome new customers. Any questions can be directed to these capable people or to Mrs Kerr in Room 7.

Focus on Children

In Room 5 we have designed summer jandals. We learnt how to sketch flowers and transfer our drawing onto a jandal. We also learnt how to paint with dye using cotton buds. We think our jandals look great!


Congratulations to all the students who were selected this term as class winners for Personal Presentation. Students voted as the overall winner in their year level for the most neatly presented in their uniform are:

Year 1:

Gavin Chen

Year 2:

Jethro Mapusua

Year 3:

Lucas Graham

Year 4:

Cian John-Francke

Year 5:

Leiana Voukolo

Year 6:

William Kelsall


This term the following students were acknowledged for their responsible, friendly behaviour.

Room 1

Donny Aiono

Room 3

Kalin Howard

Room 4

Maia Baunton

Room 5

Cindy Zhou

Room 6

Poppy Wiltsher

Room 7

Samerah Amarasinghe

Room 8

Jusleen Kaur Singh

Room 9

Stephanie McIntyre

Room 10

Conor Wilkinson

Room 11

Alisha Ditta

Room 12

Sunny Low

Room 13

Nadia Wilson

Room 14

Caleb deCleene

Room 15

Maddison Hohneck

Room 16

Nevada Lim

Room 17

Alex McGrath

Room 18

Gordon Morris

Room 19

Jedlee Abu

Room 20

Nicholas Kochedov

Room 21

Matthew Petherick

Room 22

Kasanita To’Ofohe

Room 23

Leiana Voukolo

Room 24

Serena Ashmore

Room 25

Lavita Bokhoory

Room 26

Mattie Clarkson

Room 27

Tiraha-Ana Glover


Girls' Brigade is back! - Girls' Brigade is an interdenominational Youth organisation working to equip girls and young women (5-17yrs old) in a range of life skills, adventures and confidence building. 1st Pakuranga Company meet each Wednesday night during term time at Trinity Methodist Church (Pakuranga Highway between McDonalds and Palmers). Cost is $100 per girl for the whole year. For more info email Shirley: or phone Shirley at Trinity Methodist Church Wednesday - Friday between the hours of 9:30-12:00 on 576 2407. We would love to have you join us and we have no waiting lists! 2nd Howick Company meet each Tuesday nights during term time at Howick Presbyterian Church (Cnr Ridge Road & Vincent Street, Howick). Cost is $150 per girl per year. For more info email Erin on or call 021 374 662. We would love to have you join us and we have no waiting lists!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Newsletter Term 1 Week 1 - Friday 4 February 2011

Value Focus for next two weeks: Honesty / Independence

From The Principal
Kia ora tatou katoa, Annyong Haseyo, Talofa, Malo e lelei, Bula vi naka, Kia orana Nga mihi nui ki a koutou, Namaste, Nihao, Greetings to you all.

Welcome back to all returning students and their families and welcome to all those who are joining our school community for the first time. Our first day was busy, particularly in the office with new children arriving. We are grateful to our wonderful office staff for remaining calm throughout. By 9.00 am everyone was in their room. The children have settled down into the school routine quickly and are participating in the classroom programme with enthusiasm, in spite of the heat. The Year 1-3 children are in luck having the privilege of using the swimming pool to cool off in this term.

A warm welcome to new staff this year. Miss Kelly Moretti (Room 9) Y5, Mr Neil Ackermann (Room 22) Y6, Team Leader. Mrs Monica Meikle will be teaching in Room 20 until week 3 and then Mr Ben Coaton will be taking over as Miss Natalie Lucas has relocated to Orewa and has a teaching job at Pine Hill School. Mrs Tetupu has had her wee baby boy Braydon, a little earlier than expected.

We have an exciting year ahead with a lot of activities planned. You may be aware that some of our staff have moved classrooms and levels. (see below for details of teachers and room numbers).

During last week our staff attended two days of Professional Development at Elm Park. We looked closely at our Numeracy and Literacy (Reading) data from last year’s assessments. We analysed our programme and discussed ways to improve teaching and learning to provide ‘best practice’ and even better learning outcomes for all our students this year in these curriculum areas.

ICT PD - Elm Park has completed the ICTPD contract funded by the Ministry. Staff and students have all benefited enormously in the e-learning area of the curriculum from this project. This year our school is involved in another contract with Evaluation Associates. A facilitator will work with staff and children to improve the student outcomes in written language throughout the school. Every year we strive to match our professional development for staff with the needs of the children so that it is a win-win situation for everyone.

Reporting to Parents - Over the past 2 years we have trialled e-portfolios at Elm Park School as a method of communication with parents/caregivers. This is an ongoing electronic form of collating information regarding the children, their progress and next learning steps in Literacy, Numeracy, Key competencies and achievements. This form of data collection is aligning our school with the 21st Century and the methods of reporting that are fast becoming the norm. Children are active participants in their own learning journey. They are aware of where they are at in their learning, what the gaps are and where they need to go next. The e-portfolio takes the place of the written report throughout the year.

Year 6 children will receive a written report Mid Year that can be used to support applications for Intermediate. Those children who may leave during the year will receive a saved copy of their e-portfolios.

We will have 2 sessions of collaborative conferences in Term 2 and Term 3 for parents and children to discuss achievement with the teachers. If you have any queries during the year please feel free to make an appointment with the class teacher.

Parent Orientation Evenings - This will be an opportunity to be introduced to all the staff and your child/children’s teacher/s. The teachers will outline what they have planned for the class for this year and their expectations. Parents and caregivers are cordially invited to attend Parent Orientation evenings at Elm Park in week 2.

Wednesday 9th February Years 4, 5, 6

Thursday 10th February Years 1, 2, 3

We look forward to meeting with you. Please assemble in the Auditorium by 6.30 pm.

Elm Park Curriculum - Our school wide Curriculum focus this year is “Guardians of the Water” . You will receive more information about what this involves from the teachers during the parent evenings. At Elm Park School we continue to include Values and the Key Competencies in our daily programmes, these concepts form the basis of the National Curriculum. I have visited a number of classrooms already this year and witnessed great discussions and role-modelling taking place as part of this programme. We would really appreciate your support in this area of your children’s education. The key competencies are managing self, relating to others, participating and contribution, thinking, and using language, symbols and texts. Elm Park students are encouraged to value excellence, innovation, enquiry and curiosity, diversity, respect, equity, care for the environment, integrity and community. At Elm Park “we empower all learners to achieve their personal best”. This is a partnership between the school and yourselves.

Parent Contribution & Annual Trips and Cultural Activities Payment - Thank you to all the parents/caregivers who have paid the parent contribution, activity fee and purchased the stationery pack so promptly. This assists us in getting the learning programmes underway as quickly as possible and enables the routines to be established early.

Annual Trips/ Cultural Activities $80.00 per year ($20 per term)

Parent Contribution

First Child $160.00 Second Child $150.00 Third Child $130.00

Payment can be made through the school office, during school hours or by internet banking. EFTPOS is available, and alternative payment options may be discussed with our Executive Officer Norma Foster.

Stationery can be purchased from The Learning Tree, Ti Rakau Drive (opposite Chipmunks) .

Existing students Y1-4 (students returning to Elm Park) $48.00

Existing students Y5-6 (students returning to Elm Park ) $50.00

New Enrolments (First time enrolled at Elm Park) $65.00

Donation Receipts - Did you know that families with an annual income of $70,000 or less, may be eligible for a childcare subsidy. If you would like to apply, you can find an application form at your local WINZ office, or visit Please ensure you keep your parent contribution receipts in a safe place as our software does not always allow us to produce copies of these.

Uniform - All children are expected to wear correct Elm Park School Uniform every day. The Uniform Shop is open Monday – Friday. The hours are 8.15 am – 9.00 am and 2.30 pm - 3.00pm (Sheree Houghton is in charge of the uniform shop).

Year 6 Camp - The children will be attending Camp MERC at Long Bay on the North Shore in Term 4, Week 2, Wednesday 2 November – Friday 4 November. The Term 1. A significant amount of money was raised by the teachers and children in Year 5 last year which has been donated to the overall Camp fund to reduce the total cost for parents. However, this is an extremely valuable experience for everyone and we encourage all children to be part of this Camp. You will be notified of the exact costs later.

Headstart is a pre-school programme for four year olds who may or may not be attending Elm Park School. The purpose of this programme is to familiarise children with the school learning environment. This programme begins Week 5 Wednesday 2 March at 1.30 pm. Please contact to the office for further information.

Road Safety - Thank you to the wonderful parents who have offered to help out at the pedestrian crossing, we really appreciate your time and effort. We still need parents for morning and afternoon sessions. If you are available please contact Catherine Holdom in Rm26. Thank you to Mr Munro for offering to co-ordinate this with Mrs Holdom. We encourage parents to help us by not parking on the yellow lines, making sure that the children walk safely across the crossing and up the path, not on the back driveway as it is a busy access to the school.


Term 1 Tues 1 February to Fri 15 April 11 weeks

Term 2 Mon 2 May to Fri 15 July 11 weeks

Term 3 Mon 1 August to Fri 7 October 10 weeks

Term 4 Tues 25 October to Wed 14 December 8 weeks

Auckland Anniversary Day Monday 31 January, Queen's Birthday Monday 6 June, Labour Day Monday 24 October.

All other holidays fall within school holidays.

Key Events For Your Diary

Wed 9 Feb....... Y4-6 Parent Info Evening....... 6.30 pm

Thur 10 Feb....... Y1-3 Parent Info Evening 6.30 pm

Fri 18 Feb....... ....... Food and Family Evening

Wed 23 Feb....... PTA Meeting 7pm

Wed 2 March....... Headstart Begins

Thur 3 Mar....... BOT Meeting

Fri 11 Mar....... Principal’s Afternoon Tea

Thur 7 April....... BOT Meeting

Fri 15 April…….. ....... Term ends

ERO Feedback

ERO’s feedback following their recent visit was overall very positive. It will be available on line for you to view at your leisure. Their comments included

“The students receive sound learning opportunities and are well supported by well established pastoral care systems”

“Students are articulate and confident”

“Teachers create interesting learning environments with displays of student work “

“Classrooms are settled, focused and give students good access to a wide range of appropriate learning resources.”

Kids Korner (Before school & After school care).

Just to remind you that we have this facility available.

Before school 7.00 am – 8.30 am

After school 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm

NEWSLETTERS - School newsletters are published once a fortnight. These are available on our website The school newsletter is often our only means of communication with you at home so it is imperative that you read every issue to ensure you know what is going on within the school.

PTA MEETING – The PTA meeting will be in the staffroom at 7 pm on Wednesday 23 February. New members are very welcome. Hope to see you there.

FOOD AND FAMILY FUN EVENING – This is to be held on Friday 18th February at 5.00 pm till approx 7.00 pm. Bring your dinner / picnic / takeaways. The sports equipment will be available and the pool will be open (parents are to supervise their own children). All children MUST be accompanied by an adult. Come along and have fun with your children and their teachers! Hope to see you there!

Teachers / Rooms

Rm1 Y1 Mrs Koroa

Rm2 Y1 Mrs Grainger Team Leader

Rm3 Y1 Mrs Afreddy

Rm4 Y2 Mrs Olsen

Rm5 Y1 Mrs Worsfold/Mrs Scott

Rm6 Y1 Miss Charlesworth

Rm7 Y1 Mrs Kerr

Rm9 Y5 Miss Moretti

Rm10 Y2 Mrs Darukhanawalla Team Leader

Rm11 Y3 Mrs Rist

Rm12 Y4 Mrs Howard

Rm13 Y4 Mrs Hodge Team Leader

Rm14 Y4 Mrs Dane

Rm15 Y4 Mrs Venter

Rm16 Y3 Mrs Melville

Rm17 Y3 Mrs Richards

Rm18 Y3 Mrs Bezuidenhout Team Leader

Rm19 Y6 Mrs Taljaard

Rm20 Y6 Mrs Meikle

Rm21 Y6 Miss Adamson

Rm22 Y6 Mr Ackermann Team Leader

Rm23 Y5 Mr Fitzgerald

Rm24 Y5 Miss Hughes Team Leader

Rm25 Y5 Miss Wesseling

Rm26 Y2 Mrs Holdom

Rm27 Y2 Mrs Graham

Looking forward to a wonderful year.

Kind Regards

Trish Plowright


Elm Park School


(Combo includes fruit, a sandwich and a juicie/moosie)

Sausage Roll $2.50 only

Sausage Roll $5.50 combo

Pie (mince) or (chicken) $2.50 only

Pie $5.50 combo

Chicken Noodles $3.00 only

Chicken Noodle $6.00 combo

Pizza $3.00 only

Pizza $6.00 combo

Murphy mince & Mash $3.00 only

Murphy $6.00 combo

Volcano (spag & Cheese) $3.00 only

Volcano $6.00 combo

Hotdog $3.00 only

Hotdog $6.00 only

Shepherds Pie $4.00 only

Shepherds Pie $7.00 combo

Macaroni cheese $4.00 only

Macaroni cheese $7.00 combo

Butter Chicken $4.00 only

Butter Chicken $7.00 combo

Spaghetti Bolognaise $4.00 only

Spaghetti Bolognaise $7.00 combo

Quiche vegetarian $4.00 only

Quiche vegetarian $7.00 combo

Please order from 8.30am in the lunch room.


Howick Plunket Baby Fair Saturday 5th March 2011, 10am – 12noon Howick Recreation Centre, 563 Pakuranga Rd, Howick. Come along for great bargains on new and used baby/children’s books, clothes, toys, nursery items and accessories and much more. Cash only (no eftpos). Entry by gold coin donation.

Zumbatomic - Term 1 Latin and Zumbatomic dance classes start up again 17th Feb with limited spaces, enrolments must be handed into the office before 11th Feb,information sheets will be sent home today with your child.Any further questions call Natasha at Dance It Ltd on 021793018.